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Saving Paradise

Recovering Christianity's Forgotten Love for this Earth

Saving Paradise

Recovering Christianity's Forgotten Love for this Earth

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781848252097
Published: 31/07/2012

Saving Paradise examines the effects of the crucifixion becoming Christianity's defining image when, for the first ten Christian centuries it was never depicted. It explores what this shift in focus has done to our understanding and practice of faith, and raises deeply significant questions for the church today. Beginning with a masterly survey of Christian imagery in early art, church architecture and spiritual writing, Saving Paradise reveals a rich visual world filled with images of Christ as shepherd, guide and healer, and of the earth as paradise once again. When the crucified Jesus appears, the history of Christianity in the world takes a dramatically different turn and violence and sacrifice in God's name is sanctioned. This profoundly challenging book examines the consequences of this for us today and asks how we can rediscover our lost spiritual heritage.

Rita Nakashima Brock, Rebecca Ann Parker

In the best tradition of theological inquiry, "Saving Paradise" provides a history and a theology that helps us engage the pressing problems of the world. . . . In "Saving Paradise", Brock and Parker have brought forward a bright thread of the Christian tapestry that had been in the background, largely ignored. In so doing they have made accessible rich and vivid theological resources. --Margaret R. Miles, "Christian Century" "This humane and often beautiful study of faith, loss and hope straddles the boundary between historical discovery and spiritual writing." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review ""Saving Paradise" offers eye-opening explorations of the mixture of spiritual vision and myopia that marked many of the great figures of Western Christianity. Its rich text and the additional material in its notes should spur readers to examine both the darkness and th